Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

India vs England 4th Test Day 1 live updates

India vs England 4th Test Day 1 live updates

Joe Root's decision to bat first on pitch that had its grass removed seemed a sound one, but his batsmen once again floundered.

# England make two changes, Sam Curran comes in for Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali replaces Ollie Pope.

An innings of 219 and figures of eight for 89 against Yorkshire put Worcestershire off-spinning all-rounder Ali´s name in the frame for a match on a ground where he took six for 67 during England´s 266-run win against India in the corresponding Test four years ago. However, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team bounced back in the third Test to register an emphatic 203-run victory, keeping the series alive. Of the 12 times England have called correctly under Alastair Cook and Root and inserted the opposition, they have lost seven Tests and won only four. Their bowling attack is flawless for England so if, as they did at Trent Bridge, Virat Kohli's fellow top-order players can support their captain with pluck, good judgment and placement, they should take the series to the Oval, all-square.

Jos Buttler will keep wicket after Jonny Bairstow fractured a finger at Trent Bridge but Bairstow is fit to move up the order to No 4. The big relief for the England side is that Jonny Bairstow will be available for selection.

He scored 42 in the first Test in Birmingham but thereafter, hasn't been able to score more than 20.

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"Sam went back and played for Surrey and now has another opportunity".

"I think one of our big strengths as a squad is our strength of character - and at home in particular, we´re very good at bouncing back after hard weeks", he said.

Anderson has an England-record 557 wickets in Tests and is now just six shy of retired Australia great Glenn McGrath´s tally of 563 - the most taken by any paceman at this level. He has bowled more overs in Test cricket without bowling a no-ball than anyone else, going past Graeme Swann, who bowled 2,500 overs. They extended their lead to 2-0 by winning the second game of the series by an innings and 159 runs.

England's 36-4 is their second lowest score when they have lost their fourth wicket at home against India, the other one being 34 in 1936 at Lord's.

For the first time in 39 Tests as captain, Virat Kohli has fielded an unchanged playing XI.

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